A t-shirt inspired by words Senate Majority Mitch McConnell said to Senator Elizabeth Warren has raised over $250,000 for PP.
In confirmation hearings prior to the vote on Senator Jeff Session, Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced by McConnell and prohibited from reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King. The letter was written in 1986 by King in opposition to Jeff Sessions’ 1986 federal judgeship nomination.
“Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship,” explains the letter.
Warren called upon the letter to support her reasoning as to why Sessions should not be voted in to the position of Attorney General.
After her silencing went viral, many took McConnell’s words to heart and branded it as a new battle cry for women across the nation.
“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted,” made the rounds on social media and ultimately became the inspiration of many t-shirts.
Matt Rudinski, a Brooklyn-based artist, took to TeeSpring to create a black t-shirt with white font that simply stated, “Nevertheless, she persisted.”
Since kicking off the campaign, Rudinski has raised over $250,000 for Planned Parenthood with 25,000 t-shirts sold.
“I know House Republicans are so eager to defund Planned Parenthood, so it just felt so perfect to me to turn his words against him and to raise money from something he said,” explains Rudinski to Time. “Planned Parenthood is an organization I deeply believe in and want to help. It just felt like the right organization to benefit.”
While Jeff Sessions has been confirmed as Attorney General, the movement continues to support causes that are at risk under the Republican led government. Rudinski’s t-shirts can be purchased here.